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    Beating the Anxiety bug abroad

    On my global travels I have learned that travellers tend to fall into one of three categories when it comes to planning trips. Those who are completely laid back and plan things as they decide to do them, those who have a rough plan of what they are going to each day and those that do thoroughly research the locations they go to, book advance tickets, know how long each activity will take, how to get to the next, where some good food places are, etc etc…. While I completely accept the fact that I am a planner and enjoy it, recent trips have got me thinking that it would…

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    Keeping the memories alive – Musings from Faraway

    Look at a photo of a place or group of people and I can almost guarantee that there will be a spark of a memory springing into your mind. 99.99999% of the times these memories will be awesome. Sometimes after an incredible experience, returning to the ordinary day to day life can make it all seem surreal. Having a photo or token, something from that time keeps it all real. It gives you a little refresher and a boost of how it felt to climb to the top of that mountain, swim in natural waters by a waterfall, see that monkey, walk around a city, be at that game, spend…

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    Making time for travel – Musings from Faraway

    The more and more I see of the world, the more I realise that a lot of people out there don’t make time for themselves a priority. While the rewards of grinding that “work” grindstone make us smile on payday, unless you love your job, the everyday reality of job-land for the rest of the month could be robbing you of something far more valuable…joy. We are all told of the importance of self-care in our hectic daily lives and I fully accept the concept but believe it exists in two elements, daily care and ongoing fulfilment. We need to be healthy both inside and out to go about our…

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    Out of the blue – Musings from Faraway

    We have all come across travel threads with questions that seem a little strange. It might have been about the oddball hot topic of the moment or something that seems completely off the wall. What were your thoughts? While roaming about online recently, I came across one such thread on one of my regular travel groups. The question was from a traveller asking about the safety of a location following reports of attacks on tourists in the last few months. It seemed like a case of some simple reassurance and I was surprised to see the negative comments from other members directed at the enquirer. As a long-time traveller, I…

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    Petworth House and Deer Park

    I have been exploring the deer park at Petworth ever since I was a little girl. It was a Sunday treat to visit with groups of family as we took dog walks and picnics and tried to spot the fallow deer grazing amongst the trees. As I have aged my interest spread to the house of which the grounds belong and a year or two ago I took my first tour of the grand building itself. Constructed in 17th century, Petworth House has passed through generations of one family with the current descendants living in the private apartments today. Full of artworks and stunning interiors, the family’s fondness for the arts…